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WINSTON-SALEM, NC — The impact of the federal sequester will soon be felt all over the country, including the Piedmont Triad.

The mandatory federal spending cuts will cut at least five percent from county senior services budgets, according to the president of Forsyth County Senior Services, Richard Gottlieb.

“We stand to lose between $50,000 and $250,000 dollars from our budget. That’s just devastating news for us,” Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb said Meals on Wheels currently serves more than 1200 seniors each day and Senior Services helps a total of 1700 daily.

Sequestration cuts mean the 28 seniors on the Meals on Wheels waiting list would stay there, and that list would grow.

Senior Services would not add to the list of people it serves, even as the list naturally dwindles, because of the funding cuts.

Every county in the state faces a similar dilemma due to Federal cuts.

Forsyth County Senior Services is holding a fundraising art show Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to try to offset some of the cuts.

“It’s an annual event but we need the public’s help more this year than most because of sequestration,” Gottlieb said.